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Thread: Photoshop or Fireworks? Which do you prefer

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    Junior Member wootant is on a distinguished road
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    If I had to choose between Photoshop and Fireworks, I'd say InDesign.

    Fireworks can't edit images like Photoshop does so I guess the question is not about that. I saw a few people talking about web design here. So let's talk about mockups.

    A mockup for web or print purpose is better made in InDesign. Linking text boxes to styles is so powerful and font testing is so easy that you get addicted to it. There are tons of tools for spacing, aligning and placing content boxes in the layout. There's also a robust automation system which allows for more complex stuff.

    Now if you need an interactive mockup, you'll probably use some other software. Anything but Photoshop for that matter. Catalyst is truly for hi-fi interactive mockups. I saw a while ago a plugin to export HTML 5 from Illustrator, can't say much about it though.

    I've never used Fireworks in projects because it was either incomplete some years ago or less interesting than InDesign right now. To me, Fireworks is a bit like Director, it might disappear to the profit of Catalyst which might become The mockup tool for HTML and Flash/Flex.

    Photoshop is totally useless as a layout tool. On the other hand, it's perfect for the graphic design of raster elements and for photo handling.

    Many people in packaging design appreciate Esko's plugin for Illustrator, and a little Photoshop here and there for raster graphics like product pictures on the package.

    Then there are the illustrators who use wacoms and brushes over and over, either on Photoshop or Painter. Gimp is a bit weak compared to them in this domain but it could change later I guess.

    Finally you got some 3D workflows where textures are done the old fashioned way in Photoshop and why not in Gimp.

    That pretty much covers it.
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    I use illustrator and photoshop...
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    photoshop
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    Photoshop does everything Fireworks does and then some. I'd even take PS Elements over Fireworks.
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    I use photoshop and corel or illustrator... I think that Fireworks is better suited for web design
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    I use always photoshop. I know you can use Fireworks for websites but i use photoshop and it works great!
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    Fireworks for Vector Graphics
    Photoshop for Bitmap Image

    I use fireworks for graphic designing and photoshop to design a web layout. This two comes in handy but most of the time i use photoshop...

    "If I can see it in my mind, I can create it on the printed page."

    - [URL="http://www.spacelightdigital.com/graphic_design.html"]graphics design in Los Angeles[/URL]
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    Photoshop all the way
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    photoshop all the way
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    Photoshop for bitmap Fireworks for vector
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    Quote Originally Posted by resdog View Post
    With the acquisition of Macromedia, Adobe has brought Fireworks into it's line of CS products. I was having a discussion with one of my buddies at work, and he seems to think that Fireworks is the "de facto" design tool. I wanted to get a professional opinion on this. So what do you use? Photoshop? Fireworks? GIMP? Some other program?
    If you send a Freehand or Fireworks file to any design studio or printing office, you'll hear them cursing from miles away. Fireworks & Freehand were for making web graphics, that's it. Neither was ever meant to be used for making professional printable material and while they're fine for someone at home to use them, remember that the price of this software like a quarter or even less of what Photoshop or Illustrator cost like.
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    Definitely Photoshop
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    photoshop def
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    for digital imaging photoshop is the best
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    I agree illustrator is the way to go
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